Grassroots Tavern

★★★★☆

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very inexpensive beer and darts in the back... but you need to bring your own darts. tables are old and run down

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★★★★★

very inexpensive beer and darts in the back... but you need to bring your own darts. tables are old and run down

Pros: cheap beer

Cons: older crowd, divy

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In town as tourists who always do the "touristy" sites during the day, and hunting out dive bars by nite, we were sent to the East Village by a couple transit authority cops. After a short walk from the subway, we found ourselves outside what looked to be just what we were hoping to find: the Grassroots Tavern. While overdressed from our previous dinner engagement, we walked in and were practically treated like family by owner (Doug) and bartender (Maria). We stayed for hours, conversing about the bar, the neighborhood, the Village, and the city in general. Two yokels from Denver could not have found more accomodating and knowledgeable New Yorkers to talk & drink with for hours. Planning for an upcoming trip to NYC, I pulled up some reviews about Grassroots and HAD to interject against some of the negatives. Even if we have to stay all the way out in Jamaica for Thanksgiving weekend, (due to lack of room availability), we are making Grassroots a stop on at least 3 of our 5 nights in NYC. Highly recommend this place, if a no frills/little embience/no BS dive bar is what you're looking for. And, from what appears to be happening to the neighborhood, better enjoy it soon; places like Grassroots may be on their way out due to the "Disneyfication" of the East Village. In our experience, the best way to find out about a new city is to visit its dive bars, and Grassroots offered an excellent cross-section of its particular area of Manhattan. We will be there again soon!!

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★★★★☆

In town as tourists who always do the "touristy" sites during the day, and hunting out dive bars by nite, we were sent to the East Village by a couple transit authority cops. After a short walk from the subway, we found ourselves outside what looked to be just what we were hoping to find: the Grassroots Tavern. While overdressed from our previous dinner engagement, we walked in and were practically treated like family by owner (Doug) and bartender (Maria). We stayed for hours, conversing about the bar, the neighborhood, the Village, and the city in general. Two yokels from Denver could not have found more accomodating and knowledgeable New Yorkers to talk & drink with for hours. Planning for an upcoming trip to NYC, I pulled up some reviews about Grassroots and HAD to interject against some of the negatives. Even if we have to stay all the way out in Jamaica for Thanksgiving weekend, (due to lack of room availability), we are making Grassroots a stop on at least 3 of our 5 nights in NYC. Highly recommend this place, if a no frills/little embience/no BS dive bar is what you're looking for. And, from what appears to be happening to the neighborhood, better enjoy it soon; places like Grassroots may be on their way out due to the "Disneyfication" of the East Village. In our experience, the best way to find out about a new city is to visit its dive bars, and Grassroots offered an excellent cross-section of its particular area of Manhattan. We will be there again soon!!

Pros: Exactly the kind of dive bar we were looking for.

Cons: None worth mentioning.

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I've been here lots of times, and have always enjoyed my time there. Granted, the bar tenders aren't the nicest, but the atmosphere is usually pretty cool and it's cheap. What truly ruined my taste for the place happened this past Saturday. I was there with a bunch of friends of mine, and we were having a great time. We notice that under the table there's an empty bottle of beer, so to be nice, we put it on top of the table for someone to take away. This bald guy (who's usually the bouncer) comes over and takes the empty glasses and that bottle. Five minutes later he comes back, YELLING at us to get out that they don't deal with people who bring in outside beer. We try to tell him it was already there, and he said he doesn't care - the bottle is on our table. Then he said he wants us to tell all of our friends about our experience, so I said that we will. We'd just ordered a new pitcher (I'm a big tipper and had just gotten a free drink from the bartender and a discount on the pitcher) and so I chugged my beer - which isn't something I like to do with tasty wheat beer. He yells more and says we'd better get out NOW, that he's not kidding. So we say, we're just finishing our pitcher, and then he says "No you're not, you're getting out". Then he slammed his hands on the table, got right in my friends face, and yelled at her - which included saliva splatter - and he said he never wanted to see us there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been here lots of times, and have always enjoyed my time there. Granted, the bar tenders aren't the nicest, but the atmosphere is usually pretty cool and it's cheap. What truly ruined my taste for the place happened this past Saturday. I was there with a bunch of friends of mine, and we were having a great time. We notice that under the table there's an empty bottle of beer, so to be nice, we put it on top of the table for someone to take away. This bald guy (who's usually the bouncer) comes over and takes the empty glasses and that bottle. Five minutes later he comes back, YELLING at us to get out that they don't deal with people who bring in outside beer. We try to tell him it was already there, and he said he doesn't care - the bottle is on our table. Then he said he wants us to tell all of our friends about our experience, so I said that we will. We'd just ordered a new pitcher (I'm a big tipper and had just gotten a free drink from the bartender and a discount on the pitcher) and so I chugged my beer - which isn't something I like to do with tasty wheat beer. He yells more and says we'd better get out NOW, that he's not kidding. So we say, we're just finishing our pitcher, and then he says "No you're not, you're getting out". Then he slammed his hands on the table, got right in my friends face, and yelled at her - which included saliva splatter - and he said he never wanted to see us there again.

Pros: cheap beer

Cons: they kick you out for doing nothing, and yell/spit at you

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Grassroots is one of my favorites. Whether I'm there on a Saturday afternoon or for after-work beers, I have a great time. It's great for going with friends (bring darts!) to share pitchers, or to go just to meet new people. The old-school bartenders are awesome. And how does that popcorn always taste so freaking good?! And great jukebox. Love that I don't feel like people are sizing me up when I go - seriously a great atmosphere as opposed to the rest of Manhattan, which seems to be getting out of control. What makes this place ever better is Mamoun's right next door now! I love Grassroots!

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★★★★☆

Grassroots is one of my favorites. Whether I'm there on a Saturday afternoon or for after-work beers, I have a great time. It's great for going with friends (bring darts!) to share pitchers, or to go just to meet new people. The old-school bartenders are awesome. And how does that popcorn always taste so freaking good?! And great jukebox. Love that I don't feel like people are sizing me up when I go - seriously a great atmosphere as opposed to the rest of Manhattan, which seems to be getting out of control. What makes this place ever better is Mamoun's right next door now! I love Grassroots!

Pros: Cheap pitchers, fun atmosphere, tasty popcorn

Cons: Gets really cold sometimes

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to be honest, I was so aggravated with two of the reviews of this standby classic dive below that i created the account simply to respond.

firstly, a bar is not a park, a playground, or a dorm. you may enter if over 18, and drink if over 21. if there is no restaurant (and grassroots hasn't served food since the late 70's) it is ABSOLUTELY at the discretion of the staff whether to allow anyone under that age in the bar. few dive bars are an appropriate place for a 4 year old, and the bartender was doing his job to keep to that well established rule. broken glass? dirty bathroom? really, there's a nice fake mall across the street that you can try.

and to the birthday cakers? again -- it is at any establishment's discretion to allow you to bring in food from the outside. if they let you, it is a further kindness for them to not charge a fee for the privelege, as many restaurants do. bars and their employees are there to serve you, yes... but serve you ALCHOHOL. the very gracious, traditional bartenders at grassroots are a relic of a former city, where people expected patrons to have manners, as well as staff. don't order a water and bring a cake without ordering drinks first. it's totally tacky, presumptious and rude.

the reviews are accurate: god save grassroots and the holiday cocktail lounge. god rest sweetwater tavern and the stinger, pre-cafe (weird...) and god save these holdouts of a new york we loved pre-disneyfication. darts, popcorn, cheap drinks, classic bartenders, unpretentious, great classic juke, take it or leave it. i don't expect ramones and free pitchers (just be nice!) at suede, don't try to fit a square (ahem) peg in a round hole. long live the tavern!

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★★★★★

to be honest, I was so aggravated with two of the reviews of this standby classic dive below that i created the account simply to respond.

firstly, a bar is not a park, a playground, or a dorm. you may enter if over 18, and drink if over 21. if there is no restaurant (and grassroots hasn't served food since the late 70's) it is ABSOLUTELY at the discretion of the staff whether to allow anyone under that age in the bar. few dive bars are an appropriate place for a 4 year old, and the bartender was doing his job to keep to that well established rule. broken glass? dirty bathroom? really, there's a nice fake mall across the street that you can try.

and to the birthday cakers? again -- it is at any establishment's discretion to allow you to bring in food from the outside. if they let you, it is a further kindness for them to not charge a fee for the privelege, as many restaurants do. bars and their employees are there to serve you, yes... but serve you ALCHOHOL. the very gracious, traditional bartenders at grassroots are a relic of a former city, where people expected patrons to have manners, as well as staff. don't order a water and bring a cake without ordering drinks first. it's totally tacky, presumptious and rude.

the reviews are accurate: god save grassroots and the holiday cocktail lounge. god rest sweetwater tavern and the stinger, pre-cafe (weird...) and god save these holdouts of a new york we loved pre-disneyfication. darts, popcorn, cheap drinks, classic bartenders, unpretentious, great classic juke, take it or leave it. i don't expect ramones and free pitchers (just be nice!) at suede, don't try to fit a square (ahem) peg in a round hole. long live the tavern!

Pros: Cheap! Great popcorn. Usually unpretentious crowd (read: more cooper union, more vintage east village writers and artists, less nyu...thank god...)

Cons: dive bars should have been exempt from the smoking ban. the drinks are too strong. (oh wait...that's a pro...) st. marks place continues to die a painful death around

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Totally awesome bar experience - one of the absolute best dive bars EVER. Just don't ask for an Irish Car Bomb - you'll be denied ;-)

PS - Also the coolest bar cat in the world - ask her story!

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★★★★★

Totally awesome bar experience - one of the absolute best dive bars EVER. Just don't ask for an Irish Car Bomb - you'll be denied ;-)

PS - Also the coolest bar cat in the world - ask her story!

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Nestled into boisterous Saint Mark's Place, this NYC drinking landmark features all the charms of a college-town bar in the big city: cheap pitchers of draft beer, graffiti-covered wooden tables, and laid-back regulars mixed with NYU undergrads. It can get loud and crowded, but with darts and popcorn available, it's a great place to go with a group of friends.

PROS: Great atmosphere, cheap drinks, good jukebox
CONS: Crowded, tends to close early, loud

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★★★★☆

Nestled into boisterous Saint Mark's Place, this NYC drinking landmark features all the charms of a college-town bar in the big city: cheap pitchers of draft beer, graffiti-covered wooden tables, and laid-back regulars mixed with NYU undergrads. It can get loud and crowded, but with darts and popcorn available, it's a great place to go with a group of friends.

PROS: Great atmosphere, cheap drinks, good jukebox
CONS: Crowded, tends to close early, loud

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A top notch dive bar, free of pretense, boasting a refreshingly cheap happy hour. Notable for several varieties of Brooklyn Brewery taps, which are included in the happy hour price reductions (4-8pm). If you are able to overlook the cranky bartenders, it's an easy place in which to settle. Notice the classic working phone booth by the front door.

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★★★☆☆

A top notch dive bar, free of pretense, boasting a refreshingly cheap happy hour. Notable for several varieties of Brooklyn Brewery taps, which are included in the happy hour price reductions (4-8pm). If you are able to overlook the cranky bartenders, it's an easy place in which to settle. Notice the classic working phone booth by the front door.

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It was cool without being at all snooty, the kind of place it's nice to hang out with friend and yell at one another over the loud jukebox. And they do make a mean Whisky Sour...

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★★★★★

It was cool without being at all snooty, the kind of place it's nice to hang out with friend and yell at one another over the loud jukebox. And they do make a mean Whisky Sour...

Pros: popcorn, good music

Cons: hard chairs

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I'm SHOCKED how mistreated I was at Grassroots -on my birthday no less. Before arriving, we got permission to bring food/cake. I asked the old man at the bar, "Can I start off with a glass of water?" First he seemed to joke when he replied, "NO, you don't come to feast and drink water, you come to pay for alcohol!" When I realized he was actually serious I explained I was dehydrated and needed water before drinking. I said I invited 20+ friends that would give him business and is this how I'm going to be treated??? He actually had the nerve to say, "Look lady, just get outa here" and brushed me away!! Later, I was HORRIFIED when I witnessed the bar staff literally THROW MY BIRTHDAY CAKE IN THE TRASH!! Need I explain more why I will NEVER set foot in Grassroots again?

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm SHOCKED how mistreated I was at Grassroots -on my birthday no less. Before arriving, we got permission to bring food/cake. I asked the old man at the bar, "Can I start off with a glass of water?" First he seemed to joke when he replied, "NO, you don't come to feast and drink water, you come to pay for alcohol!" When I realized he was actually serious I explained I was dehydrated and needed water before drinking. I said I invited 20+ friends that would give him business and is this how I'm going to be treated??? He actually had the nerve to say, "Look lady, just get outa here" and brushed me away!! Later, I was HORRIFIED when I witnessed the bar staff literally THROW MY BIRTHDAY CAKE IN THE TRASH!! Need I explain more why I will NEVER set foot in Grassroots again?

Cons: terrible service, dark, dull atmosphere

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Ah, Grassroots. I think it's impossible to walk into this joint and not have a good time. The bartenders always seem to buy you a drink or two and that cat that roams the premises is ultra cool. All this and cheap drinks and one of the nicer crowds you'll find in the entire East Village. Rock on.

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★★★★★

Ah, Grassroots. I think it's impossible to walk into this joint and not have a good time. The bartenders always seem to buy you a drink or two and that cat that roams the premises is ultra cool. All this and cheap drinks and one of the nicer crowds you'll find in the entire East Village. Rock on.

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great bartenders. cheap drinks. nice cat. popcorn.
what else do you need?

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★★★★★

great bartenders. cheap drinks. nice cat. popcorn.
what else do you need?

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If you are just looking for a fun place for cheap drinks, Grassroots is the place. The juke box is great and the bartenders and patrons are some of the nicest people in NYC. Don't go here looking for frills, because you will be disappointed. Go here for cheap pitchers of beer and a rousing game of darts.

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★★★★★

If you are just looking for a fun place for cheap drinks, Grassroots is the place. The juke box is great and the bartenders and patrons are some of the nicest people in NYC. Don't go here looking for frills, because you will be disappointed. Go here for cheap pitchers of beer and a rousing game of darts.

 

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